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Reading Room

Georgia Standards of Excellence


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Learning to Read vs.                Reading to Learn

GKIDS Readiness Check Parent Website

Parent Brochure

The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment aligned to the state mandated content standards. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade.


GKIDS 2.0 is based on big ideas and learning progressions. A big idea describes kindergarten skills that are most important for success in first grade.


Parent Guide      Parent Video

A Georgia Game-Based Assessment Initiative


How to Access Home Connect

Home Connect

Support foundational reading skills with Home Connect from Amplify/DIBELS 8.  Home Connect provides short support lessons that will help your scholar be a better reader.  


iReady Parent Center 

(Translated in English, Spanish, Porteguese, Haitian Creole)

The i-Ready Family Center is the place to learn how you can support and encourage your student’s success with i-Ready.

Using iReady Assessment At Home

MAP Assessment

Family Toolkit

The NWEA MAP Family Toolkit provides information to help parents get the facts about MAP and how the test supports student’s academic growth. 

Assessment Resources

GMAS Preparation

GMAS Parent Resource Guides

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

The Book Nook with Ms. Brown 

Discover a multitude of read alouds  in the Book Nook.  Make sure to present the Google slides to launch the Book Nook.  Each book will unlock a read aloud once clicked.  Read alouds promotes a love of reading; it has multiple uses at every age and in every content area.

  • Read alouds also create a bridge to more complex texts.

  • Develops stronger vocabulary

  • Builds connections between the spoken and written word

  • Provides enjoyment

  • Increases attention span

  • Strengthens cognition

  • Provides a safe way of exploring strong emotions

  • Promotes bonding

Reading Skills for Foundational Grades 1st-2nd

These documents provide all of the reading skills that new 1st and 2nd grade students learned last year.  This can be used as a review for students.  

What I Learned In Kindergarten

What I Learned in First Grade

Reading, Learning, and Fun for K-5

GA Home Classroom

As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids have access to continued free educational resources at home, GPB, in partnership with Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards.

Websites for ebooks




Science News for Students

Time for Kids

Clayton READS:  A One Stop Reading Shop

Writing Room

Close Reading

Cursive Writing

Writing Rubrics

Can be used as a guide for grade level expectations for student writing

Narrative Rubrics


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Informative Writing Rubrics


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Opinion Writing Rubrics


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Writing Resources

Super Hero Writer’s Guide

Opinion Words and Phrases

OREO Writing

Sentence Starters

Types of Hooks

Introduction Template Examples

Conclusion “Recipe” Template

Do/What Strategy Example

Do/What Strategy Organizer

Text Organizational Structures Paragraph Frames

Close Reading Annotation

Close Reading Reflection Guide

40 Ways to Read Like a Detective

Reading Graphic Organizers

K-1 Story Map

Virtual Elkonin Boxes

Reading Skills Graphic Organizers

Novel Study Choice Boards

Vocabulary Graphic Organizers

Sense Wheel

Venn Diagram

Meaning Map

Fact & Opinion Chart

My Definition

Picture Dictionary

Vocabulary Web Wheel

Vocabulary KWL

Concept Flower

Web Diagram


Word Questions

Virtual Phonics Lessons

Five Minutes of Phonics

***New Videos Uploaded Weekly***

Blending Sounds

Silent E Lesson

Cursive Writing Scope and Sequence (download in Word)

Reading Wonders Cursive Writing Student Blackline Master

Things to Consider for Cursive Writing Instruction in Grades 3 and 4

Cursive Writing Letter formation Video

D’Nealian Cursive Desk Label

D’Nealian Manuscript Video-lowercase

D’Nealian Manuscript Video-uppercase

D’Nealian Cursive Writing Video-lowercase

D’Nealian Cursive Writing Video-Full Alphabet

D’Nealian Handwriting Practice

Pencil Pete’s Cursive Writing Guide

Cursive Writing Verbal Cues 

Cursive Writing Letter Formation Chart

Cursive Writing Passage Practice

Cursive Writing Jokes and Riddles

Hear Our Voices

Spelling Bee & Spelling Buzz

LIT Reading for Parents

2020-2021 Information

***Coming Soon***

Parent Letter for Speech, Multimedia, and Spoken Word District Competitors

2020-2021 Information

***Coming Soon***

2019-2020 District Level Spelling Bee Parent Letter 

Quick Guide to What Students Need to Study

19-20 School Spelling Buzz

Kindergarten Word List

Scripps Difficulty Level 1 Words

Scripps Difficulty Level 2 Words

Scripps Difficulty Level 3 Words

Whole Language High Jinks

Why Millions of Kids Can’t Read and What Better Teaching Can Do About It

Teaching Greek and Latin Roots 

Literacy Events


Instructional Resources

International Literacy Day

September 8, 2020

Annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

Read for the Record

October 29, 2020

African American Read In

February 5, 2021

Celebrating Black History Through the Love of Literacy

Build Your Stack Children’s Book List

African American Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Poem and Poetry Books

Read Across America

March 2, 2021

Celebrating Diversity, Inclusion, Women’s History, and Fine Arts 

Check out our latest community conversations!

 Getting Plugged Into Kindergarten

This video provides information to support your scholars transition to kindergarten.  Welcome to BIG school! 

Virtual Phonics Lessons

Five Minutes of Phonics

Blending Sounds

Silent E Lesson

Heart Word Magic Videos 

(words to know by heart)

What Does That Mean: Glossary of Reading Terms

Word Bingo Card Creator

Integrating Technology and Literacy


Free or Low Cost Apps

Guardians Guide to Google Tools

Take a tour of how Google Tools and Chromebook will support your student this school year.

Parent Guides Grades K-5th

Mclass Home Connect

Free website


Free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. 

Professor Garfield

The mission of the Professor Garfied app and website is to be a world leader in the direct, free delivery of innovative and motivational digital learning content with a primary emphasis on children's literacy and creative expression by creating fun and educationally sound interactive activities and games where kids like to play -- on the Internet -- supplemented with standards-based resources for teachers, parents and mentors.

Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings.  Rewordify is a great tool to help differentiate reading and build vocabulary for every student.


Looking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here are your answer—all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.

Common Lit

Browse a free collection of reading passages in all literary and non fiction genres grades 3-12.  Your child can read the text, answer questions, and access support tools.

Guardian's Guide to Tools for Children with Disabilities during Distance Learning  

Chromebooks have accessibility features built in to help each child learn in a way that works for them. Here are some tips for you to get familiar with the tools that are available to make Chromebooks, G Suite, and other Google tools more accessible and useful. 

OG Card Deck Reader

Free app in Apple Store or Google Play.  Provides letter sounds, videos modeling the appropriate mouth structure for each letter sound, and spelling practice to ensure that students

Learn with Homer

A learn-to-read app incorporates drawing, voice recording, stories, songs, and more, along with more traditional phonics exercises. Encourages kids to think critically about what they've read or listened to through answering questions.

Light Sail

An e-reading literacy platform to support independent reading. Students can use LightSail to check out texts from their schools' digital libraries and read the books directly on their devices. As students progress through a book, questions appear to gauge their comprehension. Kids can earn badges and a Lexile measure.

Book Creator

Create and publish digital books and multimedia with this easy-to-use tool.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Slideshow creation tool allows students to create video presentations using images from the built-in library, and adding their own narration and text. Can be used across content areas.


Video creation tool that gives kids a background scene, face-detecting costumes, cue cards, and special effects to create their own themed TV shows. Videos can be shared or published on TeleStory's moderated video channel, ToonTube.



Build stories featuring 3D characters, while learning about the basics of storytelling — setting, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution.



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